December 14, 2011 8:39

Coldplay admit fears over their 'X Factor' appearance

The band's roadie says they handed the 'haters some pretty huge bullets'

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Coldplay's management have admitted that they had reservations over the band's decision to perform on The X Factor.

The group's official Roadie 42 blog, which is updated by one of their roadies, has revealed there were fears Chris Martin and co's appearance could have alienated their fans.

The roadie wrote:

There has been a lot of discussion over whether this was a good idea - not least within the Coldplay camp itself. I remember first hearing that it was a possibility. 'Man, you're handing haters some pretty huge bullets there,' was my first thought.


He continued: "The downsides are obvious. It now becomes effortless for the cool kids to lay out their case against the band."

"For some, The X Factor is the devil. It is regularly painted as the source of all evil in the current music industry. Indeed, as an angry young man back in my own student days, I'd have ranted at length against it."

The roadie also said that it "struck me that in many ways, fucking up tonight could be more of a big deal than if Glastonbury had gone wrong".

His comments come despite the band's frontman Chris Martin praising The X Factor and saying the band were "very grateful" for the chance to appear on the show.

Coldplay will play a massive UK tour next summer, playing a total of seven shows at football stadiums, including three nights at Arsenal FC's Emirates Stadium.

You can watch a compilation video of the 10 best Coldplay tracks by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

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